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Which golf tees should I be using?

If you're new to golf, there can be a lot to get your head around. There is no doubt, golf is one of the most complex sports around. There is just so much to think about all of the time. And the more you play it, it doesn't get easier, it seems to get harder.

But put all that aside, because luckily there is one area of the sport that is generally quite easy to understand.

Which golf tee should I be using?

Yes, there may be one or two varying opinions on the different height golf tees for different clubs, and personal preference also plays a factor, but generally speaking, there is a rule. The only other thing to understand is regular golf tees vs castle golf tees. Read more about castle golf tees and if castle golf tees are any good here.

When thinking about which golf tee to use, there are only really 4 scenarios.

And when there are 400 things to think about during your golf swing, only having 4 things to think about is a relief.

  1. What golf tee to use when your using a driver.

  2. What golf tee to use when you're using a golf wood or a hybrid iron.

  3. When you're using a golf iron.

  4. Should I use a golf tee?

1. What golf tee shall I use with my driver?

The longest golf tees are what you should be using for your driver.

The driver is the longest club in the bag, and as such, will hit the golf ball the furthest. It is also widely regarded as the hardest golf club in the bag to use. And to be honest, I completely agree. They have the biggest club head of all the golf clubs in the bag. Therefore, the ball needs to be on a higher golf tee.

If you're looking at regular golf tees, then 70mm golf tees are the ones you'll most likely need. They offer the height you want to create the best launch, but they can also be pushed further down in to the ground if you like a lower tee height. If you know you'll always like a lower height, then a 54mm yellow golf tee is the perfect tee. As there will be less of the golf tee in the ground, it's less likely to snap.

If you like castle golf tees, then the orange 70mm castle golf tees and the pink 59mm castle golf tees are what you're likely to use.

2. What golf tee to use with a wood, hyrbrid, or driving iron?

If you're using a wood, hybrid iron, or driving iron off the tee box then you'll likely want something quite short. These golf clubs play closer to irons than they do golf drivers, therefore you don't want to tee them up too high or your club head will go straight under the ball and wipe out the tee, likely causing you to sky the golf ball.

For regular golf tees, then a 32mm golf tee is perfect. It still has an element of adjustability to it, but it is an incredibly strong golf tee, to the point that they are almost indestructible. It's much more likely that you'll lose a 32mm golf tee than break one.

If you prefer castle golf tees, then you also have a few options. A blue 39mm castle golf tee is a really good option if you like to have your golf ball slightly higher when teeing off. If you think a blue 39mm castle golf tee might be too high, then try using a red 32mm castle golf tee. To be honest, this is probably my golf tee of choice for this club.

Some golfers opt to hit their golf ball straight off the grass when using woods, hybrid irons and driving irons. If this speaks to you, then maybe you should consider the green 25mm castle golf tee. The smallest of all the golf tees, but just enough to make sure that you're guaranteed a good lie.

3. What golf tee shall I use with my irons?

If you're hitting an iron off the tee, then we believe there is one outright winner. The green 25mm castle golf tee. It's the smallest golf tee you can get, but it's worth it's weight in gold. Using a small green 25mm castle golf tees almost guarantees you're getting a good lie, whether that's on a grass tee box or a winter tee box. Subtle enough that you won't even know they're their, the green 25mm castle golf tees are the perfect tee if you're hitting teeing off with an iron.

If you prefer regular golf tees, then the blue 32mm golf tee is the one for you. It can be pushed down as far as you like, and is nearly an indestructible golf tee.

4. Should I use a golf tee?

There is actually a 4th scenario... some people even ask themselves should I use a golf tee at all? That one really is personal preference, and that is only only really applicable with wood, hybrid irons and irons.

There has been a lot of varying information about whether or not using a golf tee makes a difference, some people prefer the feel of hitting straight from the turf, as it's more natural to what you'll be doing for the most of the round, right?

But others will argue that just using the smallest golf tee to lift the ball off the floor just a fraction, can almost guarantee you a much cleaner strike and help the flight of the ball. Personally, I like to use either the smallest 25mm green castle golf tees from a winter mat, or a small 32mm blue golf tee from the grass, just the give the ball a small perch and know that I'm giving myself the best shot at a clean ball strike.

What golf tees shall I use in the winter?

If you're lucky enough to be part of a golf club that doesn't have winter mats in the rainy months, then it's unlikely that you'll need to make a change. But for the most part, winter golf means winter mats. And a lot of golfers find that changing from regular golf tees to castle golf tees can be really useful.

The reason for this is that winter mats aren't always the most reliable things. They get a lot of footfall, and take a beating. The material of a winter mat can also wear down, making it a very shallow pile and not being very deep before you reach the concrete base.

That's why castle golf tees work so well in the winter months. Castle golf tees are designed to have more stability when they're in position. Every castle golf tee has a small platform that helps make the height consistent, but this platform also has a secondary use of making the golf tee more balanced and more stable.

When you're trying to find the best golf tee to use in the winter, I think it's fair to say that castle golf tees are better than regular golf tees. Regular golf tees don't have the additional support that a castle golf tee has, making castle golf tees the best tees to use if you're hitting from a winter mat. If you want to learn more about castle golf tees, then you can, here.

Should I use plastic golf tees? Should I use wooden golf tees? Why should I use bamboo golf tees?

We can't talk about the perfect golf tee without talking about the material of the golf tee. In the modern game of golf you have 3 options. Wooden golf tees, plastic golf tees, and bamboo golf tees.

When the game of golf first started out, golfers used to gather lumps of mud to create a natural golf tee that they could perch their golf ball on. Luckily, we're way past that. And that's where the wooden golf tee was invented in 1889.

But 1889 was a long time ago, and the world of golf tees has moved on. And that's where the plastic golf tee came to be. The rise of plastic in the consumer market has been staggering, and as it is well documented, we're paying the price for it now. Yes, plastic is strong, but it is also harmful to the environment. It's harmful to manufacture and it's expensive to reuse.

It might be fair to stand here and say that plastic golf tees are likely the strongest option as a golf tee, but they are incredibly wasteful and harmful to the environment. And if unbreakable tees is your came, then maybe look into metal golf tees. The reality is, golf tees can easily get lost once they're hit. They're unpredictable in their flight path, and it is impossible to think that you won't be leaving golf tees behind in bushes and on tee boxes. And for that very reason, plastic golf tees are not the best golf tee to use. Bamboo golf tees are the best tees to use.

A lot of people confuse bamboo golf tees for wooden golf tees. This assumption is very wrong . Bamboo is not wood. Bamboo is a plant, and 4 times stronger than wood. There is a reason they use bamboo as scaffolding poles in China. Bamboo is incredibly strong and incredibly sustainable.



Help us bring Death to Plastic Golf Tees

Our mission is to bring an end to plastic golf tees and convert all golfers to biodegradable bamboo golf tees.


Bamboo golf tees are over 4x stronger than regular wooden golf tees, and will naturally break down in as little as 4 months. Plastic golf tees can take up to 1000 years.


If regular golf tees are your thing, we have 3 sizes; 70mm pink bamboo golf tees for drivers, 54mm yellow golf tees for lower drivers and hybrids, and 32mm blue bamboo golf tees for irons and hybrids.

We also have a range of 5 sizes of bamboo castle golf tees; 70mm orange castle golf tees, 59mm pink castle golf tees, 39mm blue castle golf tees, 32mm red castle golf tees, and 25mm green castle golf tees.

All of our golf tees are available as a mixed box or as individual sizes, and we also offer a golf tee subscription. Simply choose the amount and choose how regularly you want deliveries, and we'll take care of the rest.

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